Attorneys 

Steven J. Franta

Steven J. Franta is the Owner & Partner of Somsen, Mueller & Franta PA. He has over twenty years of experience practicing law primarily focusing in the areas of estate planning, probate, real estate, agricultural and business law. He is also a licensed Title Insurance Agent and Certified Continuing Education Coordinator and Presenter.

LEAD ATTORNEY: Estate Planning

HISTORY: Prior to joining Somsen, Mueller & Franta PA, he worked as a law clerk and associate attorney from 1990-1994 for MacKenzie & Gustafson in St. Peter and as Nicollet County Assistant County Attorney. In 1994, Steve joined the firm of Somsen, Schade, and Schaffer, acquired ownership of the firm in 1997 which has since expanded to include the practices of Alvin R. Mueller (New Ulm) in 2003, Sheldon S. Larson (Winthrop) in 2008, William D. Sommerness (Hutchinson) in 2013, and Errol E. Hauser & Donald E. Schmid (Sleepy Eye) in 2014.

EDUCATION: B.S. in Social Science with a concentration of Economics, St. John’s University and Mankato State University; Juris Doctor, Hamline University School of Law 1992

MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Steve is a member and chair of The Southern Minnesota Estate Planning Council (SMEC), WealthCounsel and Advisors Forum. He has held positions as President and board member of the New Ulm Area Foundation, Church Trustee, Administrative Council and Area Faith Administrative Council, New Ulm Chamber of Commerce Director, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oak Hills Living Center Foundation, Chairman of the Board of the Oak Hills Living Center Operations, Chairman of the Parents Advisory Council.

Ryan D. Christian 

LEAD ATTORNEY: Farm Business & Ag Lead

HISTORY: Prior to joining Somsen, Mueller & Franta PA, he gained experience in both litigation and transactional law, including time spent as an associate attorney. While in law school Ryan also worked as a summer associate for a Wisconsin law firm and as a Minnesota Justice Foundation volunteer at the Hennepin County Family Justice Center. More recently he was an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law and earned a Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota. Before becoming an attorney Ryan was the Political Director for a successful 2004 congressional election campaign, and worked as an intern and District Field Representative for a member of Minnesota’s congressional delegation.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts- Major: Political Science, University of Minnesota 2003; Juris Doctor, University of St. Thomas School of Law 2009; Master of Education, University of Minnesota 2014

MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: WealthCounsel

Brian J. Gillis

LEAD ATTORNEY: Elder Law Lead

HISTORY: Prior to joining Somsen, Mueller & Franta PA, he began his legal career as a state prosecutor in Central Florida. After going into private practice, he has litigated in a number of practice areas including trust and probate, real estate, business, construction, bankruptcy and corporate matters.

EDUCATION: Juris Doctor, Bachelor of Arts, Allied Legal Services; University of Central Florida; Cumberland School of Law, Sanford University

MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: WealthCounsel, Southern Minnesota Estate Planning Council, Advisors Forum, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

 

Aaron D. Quinby

Aaron D. Quinby is an associate attorney with Somsen, Mueller & Franta PAHis areas of practice include: real estate, business law, estate planning, trust administration, and probate. Aaron guides families and businesses through major decisions and life events, helping them to protect, grow, and ultimately transition the assets they have created. Aaron’s dynamic background in finance and real estate allows him to bring a unique perspective and understanding to his clients.

HISTORY: Prior to attending law school, Aaron worked for multiple large financial institutions, working in the areas of financial planning, asset preservation and real estate. While in law school Aaron was named to the dean’s list, served as editor of the William Mitchell Journal of Law and Practice, participated in the Rosalie E. Wahl Moot, and was vice president of the Real Estate Law Society. Upon graduation Aaron was awarded the Minnesota Justice Foundation Public Service Award for completing over 150 volunteer hours and William Mitchell’s Law and Business Certificate for demonstrating a mastery of business law concepts. While in law school, Aaron worked as a research assistant for Associate Dean Mehmet Konar-Steenberg, and for a number of law firms focusing on business law, estate planning, and real estate. Prior to joining Somsen, Mueller & Franta PA, Aaron worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Sheridan Hawley chambered in Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.

EDUCATION: William Mitchell College of Law, Juris Doctor (2015); University of Northern Iowa, Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Bachelor of Arts in Real Estate (2012)


MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: WealthCounsel, Minnesota State Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Network, Mitchell│Hamline School of Law (Mentor).

 

 

 

 

 


Our Locations

New Ulm
106 1/2 N Minnesota St
PO Box 38
New Ulm, MN 56073
(507) 354-2161

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Hutchinson
205 Jefferson St SE
Suite 2
Hutchinson, MN 55350
(320) 234-6262

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Sleepy Eye
109 Main St West
PO Box 496
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
(507) 794-3671

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Mankato
500 S. Broad St. Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 779-7153


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